Eircom to fix services for 6,500 by next week
THOUSANDS of Eircom customers may not have their phone or internet services restored until next week after gale force winds left 6,500 people without service yesterday.
More than 700 work crews will be out over the weekend to restore services.
The highest number of faults were reported in the north and western coastal counties of Donegal, Sligo, Mayo and Galway as well as along the eastern coast in Co Louth, and northeast in counties Cavan and Monaghan.
Customers reporting faults to the Eircom customer service line last night were informed that repair times could exceed four days.
However, Eircom last night said the crews are working "hard to repair all faults as quickly as possible".
Service, meanwhile, was restored to about 250 ESB customers by noon yesterday after winds of between 70kmh and 120kmh lashed parts of the country overnight on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, 22 ESB crews boarded ferries bound for Scotland yesterday to help restore power to more than 200,000 homes, which have been battered by the same weather system that swept through here over the past few days.